Notary Address and/or Name Change
Notary Address Change
Each notary public issued a commission shall notify the Secretary of State by mail within 60 days of any change of address.
If a notary fails to notify the Secretary of State within 60 days of a change of address, a late fee in the amount of ten dollars may be imposed.
If the notary is changing their address to another location within North Dakota they must submit the Change of Address form (SFN 50445) (120kb pdf) or a letter of notice.
If the notary is moving outside of North Dakota, but in a county that borders North Dakota and which extends reciprocity to a notary public, the Appointment of Agent form (SFN 19369) (62kb pdf) must be filed with the Secretary of State.
If the notary moves outside of North Dakota and its bordering counties they must resign their commission by notifying the Secretary of State within 60 days of the effective date of the resignation. Records of the notary public must be deposited in the office of the Secretary of State except for the seal/stamp which must be destroyed as provided in section 44-06-04.
Notary Name Change
A notary who has legally changed their name must notify the Secretary of State within 60 days by submitting a rider to their surety bond stating both the old and new name, the effective date of the new name, a Notary Name Change form (SFN 51261) (63kb pdf) along with a ten dollar fee. If a notary fails to notify the Secretary of State within 60 days of the name change, a late fee in the amount of ten dollars may be imposed.
Upon receipt of the rider and fee the Secretary of State shall issue a certificate of authorization that a notary public may use to obtain a new seal/stamp. Once the authorization is on file the Secretary of State shall issue a certificate with the notary's new name. After notification to the Secretary of State of the name change and until a new seal/stamp is obtained, the notary may continue to use the old seal/stamp but must sign any notarial certificate substantially as follows:
Notary Public North Dakota
Formerly known and commissioned as
My commission expires